6.2/10
105,125
132 user 55 critic

The Bodyguard (1992)

Trailer
1:58 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON TV
ON DISC
ALL
A former Secret Service agent takes on the job of bodyguard to an R&B singer, whose lifestyle is most unlike a President's.

Director:

Mick Jackson

Writer:

Lawrence Kasdan
Reviews
Popularity
1,988 ( 694)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When Robin and his Moorish companion come to England and the tyranny of the Sheriff of Nottingham, he decides to fight back as an outlaw.

Director: Kevin Reynolds
Stars: Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
The Postman (1997)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A nameless drifter dons a postman's uniform and bag of mail as he begins a quest to inspire hope to the survivors living in post-apocalyptic America.

Director: Kevin Costner
Stars: Kevin Costner, Will Patton, Larenz Tate
Waterworld (1995)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In a future where the polar ice-caps have melted and Earth is almost entirely submerged, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw "smokers," and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land.

Director: Kevin Reynolds
Stars: Kevin Costner, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Dennis Hopper
Tin Cup (1996)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A washed up golf pro working at a driving range tries to qualify for the US Open in order to win the heart of his succesful rival's girlfriend.

Director: Ron Shelton
Stars: Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson
Wyatt Earp (1994)
Adventure | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The story of Wyatt Earp as he interacts and battles other famous figures of the Wild West era.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Stars: Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman
Adventure | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

Director: Kevin Costner
Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene
First Knight (1995)
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Lancelot falls in love with Guinevere, who is due to be married to King Arthur. Meanwhile, a violent warlord tries to seize power from Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

Director: Jerry Zucker
Stars: Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Julia Ormond
The Guardian I (2006)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A high school swim champion with a troubled past enrolls in the U.S. Coast Guard's "A" School, where legendary rescue swimmer Ben Randall teaches him some hard lessons about loss, love, and self-sacrifice.

Director: Andrew Davis
Stars: Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher, Sela Ward
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A kidnapped boy strikes up a friendship with his captor: an escaped convict on the run from the law, while the search is headed up by an honorable Texas Ranger.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, Laura Dern
Ghost (1990)
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic.

Director: Jerry Zucker
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A woman discovers a tragic love letter in a bottle on a beach, and is determined to track down its author.

Director: Luis Mandoki
Stars: Kevin Costner, Robin Wright, Paul Newman
Revenge I (1990)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The retired US Navy pilot comes to Mexico, where he falls in love with the wife of a powerful businessman. The consequences will be cruel and unforeseen.

Director: Tony Scott
Stars: Kevin Costner, Anthony Quinn, Madeleine Stowe
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Frank Farmer
Whitney Houston ... Rachel Marron
Gary Kemp ... Sy Spector
Bill Cobbs ... Devaney
Ralph Waite ... Herb Farmer
Tomas Arana ... Portman
Michele Lamar Richards ... Nicki
Mike Starr ... Tony
Christopher Birt Christopher Birt ... Henry
DeVaughn Nixon ... Fletcher
Gerry Bamman ... Ray Court
Joe Urla ... Minella
Tony Pierce Tony Pierce ... Dan
Charles Keating ... Klingman
Robert Wuhl ... Oscar Host
Edit

Storyline

A pop singer has been receiving threatening notes, and her manager hires a bodyguard known for his good work. The bodyguard ruffles the singer's feathers and most of her entourage by tightening security more than they feel is necessary. The bodyguard is haunted by the fact that he was on Reagan's secret service staff but wasn't there to prevent the attack by Hinckley. Eventually the bodyguard and the singer start an affair, and she begins to believe his precautions are necessary when the stalker strikes close to home. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Never let her out of your sight. Never let your guard down. Never fall in love.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bodyguard See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,611,793, 29 November 1992, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$121,945,720

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$410,900,000
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Kevin Costner said that he based his portrayal of Frank Farmer on actor Steve McQueen. He even went as far as to get McQueen's trademark haircut for the role. See more »

Goofs

When Rachel is watching Frank watch her film clip, Frank is leaning forward from Rachel's view, but when it cuts to a close shot of Frank he is leaning back in the chair and then begins to lean forward. See more »

Quotes

Fletcher 'Fletch' Marron: She's real mad at you, isn't she?
Fletcher 'Fletch' Marron: She told me she does not understand why you're being so shitty to her.
Frank: I don't like it when you use language like that Fletcher.
Frank: I spent a lot of time learning not to react to things like other people do; it's my job... It doesn't always work... Doesn't always work.
Fletcher 'Fletch' Marron: I don't think I understand.
Frank: I am an old man compared to you pal, and I don't understand either... I'm starting to get the feeling that I will never will.
See more »

Alternate Versions

The BBFC insisted upon a 1 second cut to the UK version, to remove a double earclap, which they view as being easily imitated and very damaging... See more »

Connections

Referenced in Adan Ronquillo: Tubong Cavite... laking Tondo (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

I Will Always Love You
Written by Dolly Parton
Produced by John Doe and Steve Dorff
Performed by John Doe
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Single on Warner Bros. Cassettes
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
"Dull movie, magnificent soundtrack"
9 January 2013 | by rocco-campanaroSee all my reviews

As the title states above, that's all I really think about with this movie: an incredibly boring and predictable plot. But the key to this movie's success is its multimillion-selling soundtrack by the incomparable Whitney Houston. Although, it has to be said, her acting was lackluster at the worst of times, her presence as one pop icon's biggest stars was why people went to see this movie and the reasons for its high gross: to see her sing some of the biggest ballads of the modern era.

The lack of sexual chemistry between pop star Rachel Marron (Whitney Houston) – I know, not much of a challenging role playing yourself right? – and Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner) as her bodyguard is just one of the many reasons why this film didn't really work.

It was obvious that this film wasn't going to win any Oscars for acting as it was simply lifeless. Instead, the pair relied on a relaxed approach to their scenes to try and ignite some kind of genuine or uncontrollable passion. However, I did not see any passion in the movie except for Houston's vocal numbers and perhaps (I'll give it to the movie) the kissing scene at the end of the picture before Houston's iconic rendition of "I Will Always Love You", an old country tune came bursting in at the credits.

However, the fact Houston essentially played herself in this movie demonstrated how much it lacked in believability, I'm guessing the kind of message Costner and the producers were trying to put across was an unconventional love story. Instead the picture focused on Houston's vocals (amazing, mind you) and that's what sold this movie to millions of fans.

Costner knew what he was getting himself in for when he cast Houston as the lead – mega bucks. What I will take away from this movie – a positive – is giving Houston the opportunity to give the world some memorable ballads that will stand to the end of time as some of the greatest songs every recorded.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 132 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed